Celebrate the season of love with sweet delights whipped up on IndiaFoodNetwork

Special Valentines' Day Breakfast by Arina Suchde and Shakti Salgaokar on India Food Network

Online PR News – 06-February-2013 – Mumbai, Maharashtra – Mumbai, January 2013: The India Food Network- India's first HD Food Network on YouTube invites you to commemorate the month of love and togetherness with a generous dose of culinary delights crafted specially by the expert home chef- Arina Suchde and Shakti Salgaokar at India Food Network.

Surprise and pamper your beloved by with some simple magical tricks in the kitchen starting with an easy to make yet decadent breakfast of Herbed Mushrooms on Melba toast by Arina Suchde Added to your love sprinkle some parsley on the toast for some extra flavor. Indulge your sweet tooth with some fluffy simple to make pancakes- watch and learn as Shakti Salgaokar creates this popular breakfast item that you can wow your loved one with- dont forget to add dollops of love before you serve! Serve hot, with chopped fresh fruits and your favorite dressing of either blueberry or maple syrup or even nutella. Savour this delicious breakfast with a hot cup of coffee for that perfect romantic start to your day!!

The heady aroma of freshly baked cookies fills your soul and warms up your heart- try the melt in your mouth Chocolate cookies by Shakti, with an added zing of orange!! Enjoy them with a cup of light tea as you whisper sweet nothings to each other!
Come evening, let your spirits soar as you raise a toast to the wonderful thing called love with a "Love Potion"- a heady concoction of sweet strawberries mixed with white rum, as you enjoy a romantic candle lit dinner at home! Fall in love all over again with your beloved and a gooey Chocolate pie- the piece de resistance for the evening- as the smooth creamy texture of the pie envelopes you while the crunchy biscuit base makes you crave for more! A perfect ending to a perfectly romantic day!

Love Potion by Arina Succhde

• 4 Strawberries, chopped
• 1 tbsp powdered sugar (can be adjusted according to sweetness of strawberries)
• 4-5 Basil Leaves
• 30 ml White Rum
• Soda to top
• Ice cubes as required.
• Glass: Old Fashioned/Whisky Glass

Muddle the strawberries and powdered sugar in the glass, add roughly torn basil leaves and muddle further till the sugar dissolves and the strawberries are mashed. Add the white rum and ice cubes. Top up with soda. Stir well before serving.

Herbed Mushrooms on Melba Toast by Arina Suchde

• 12 pieces melba toast
• 7-8 Mushrooms, thinly sliced
• 1/4 Onion, finely chopped
• 2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
• Freshly chopped parsley
• Salt & Pepper to taste
• 2 tsp Olive oil.

In a pan, heat olive oil and add the onions and garlic. Saute till translucent and add mushrooms. Saute for a couple of minutes and add salt and pepper. Lastly add the parsley and stir well. To serve: please a small spoonful of the mushrooms on the toasts and sprinkle some parsley as garnish.

Easy Chocolate Pie by Arina Suchde

• 6 Bourbon biscuits, coarsely crushed
• 1 Tbsp Melted Butter
• 1/4 Cup whipped cream
• 1/4 Cup melted dark chocolate, cooled to room temperature.
• Strawberry or grated white chocolate for garnish.

Mix the melted butter with the crushed biscuits. Take 2 mini pie tins with detachable base or bowls. Make a layer of the biscuit mixture and press well. Let it set for 5-10 minutes in the freezer. Meanwhile mix the melted chocolate and whipped cream. Once the biscuit base is set spread a layer of the chocolate cream and garnish with a strawberry fan or grated chocolate. Put it in the refrigerator for another 10-15 minutes to set or till required.

Pancakes by Shakti Salgaokar.

• 1 cup powdered rolled oats (just blend regular quick cook oats to a powder)
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1-1.5 tbsp honey
• 1 cup milk
• 1 egg
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• A pinch if salt
• 1 tsp butter melted or 1 tsp ghee

Mix the eggs, milk, butter and honey. In this add the oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Place a midsize nonstick pan on medium flame. Ladle the batter onto it, spreading it evenly to make a 1/4 inch of a layer. Cover and reduce the flame to a low. In about two to five minutes, open the lid and flip the pancake over. Give the other side about a minute and take it off. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
Stack up, and serve hot with some chopped fruits or jam or fruit conserves or maple syrup or nutella. Or even all of it! Don't forget to wash it down with a hot cup of coffee. It’s a guilt free treat

Cookies by Shakti Salgaokar


• 3 cups Maida
• 200gms butter
• 1.25 cups of castor sugar
• 1 orange
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 200 Gms cooking chocolate
• 2 tbsp icing sugar
• 1/2 cup milk.

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees c. Cream the butter and sugar together until it comes together. Add the zest of an orange and whip more. Add flour and baking soda and mix together. Add milk to bring the dough together. Pat the dough out in a baking tray and using a mould cut out the cookies. Remove the edges of the dough and save for later.
Put the biscuits in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes or until brown around edges. Once out of the oven, take the biscuits out of the tray immediately to avoid them from sticking. Leave aside to cool.

In the microwave, melt the cooking chocolate to a thick sauce. This takes about 30 seconds. Mix the juice of half an orange with icing sugar.

Once cooled, dip cookies in the molten chocolate and leave to cool on butter paper. Once cooled, drizzle some orange juice and icing sugar solution on top.
Your chocolate orange cookies are ready. They go best with a cup of light tea